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Eliza and Her Monsters

By: Francesca Zappia

Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her offline, everything she's worked for begins to crumble. Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780062290137

JLG Release: Sep 2017


Sensitive Areas: Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Suicide
Topics: Anxiety disorders , Depression , Webcomics , Fandom , Friendship , Romance , Internet culture

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Awards & Honors

2019 Beehive Award Nominee
2019 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Awards Nominee
2018 Thumbs Up! Award Honor
YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults, Top Ten
Capitol Choices 2018, Fourteen and Up
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Teen Books
Goodreads Choice Awards 2017, Young Adult Fiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Eliza’s parents have no understanding of her online life, from her friendships to the scope of the world she created. As a result, Eliza feels like an outsider, unless she’s talking with her cyberfriends or working on her popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Wallace, a new boy at school, has been the first
[STARRED REVIEW]
Eliza’s parents have no understanding of her online life, from her friendships to the scope of the world she created. As a result, Eliza feels like an outsider, unless she’s talking with her cyberfriends or working on her popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Wallace, a new boy at school, has been the first person to bring her out of her shell in ages. As their friendship grows, he confides his chilling secret, but Eliza still can’t bring herself to share her web identity with him. When the truth comes out, will this secret shatter their relationship? Told in a series of letters, instant messages, comics, and prose, this book focuses on relationships and identity. It tackles social anxiety and asks serious questions: What makes a relationship valid in this era of social media? Are online interactions as meaningful as those in real life? Zappia’s work will resonate with teens who write, create art, and love fandoms. Introverted readers will connect with the protagonist. VERDICT A must-have for all YA collections, especially where geek culture is celebrated.—Jennifer Rummel, Cragin Library, Colchester, CT

Horn Book

Socially inept high-school senior Eliza Mirk is a nobody at school. But online she is LadyConstellation, anonymous creator of the super-popular fantasy webcomic Monstrous Sea. Adorable, even-more-awkward new kid Wallace turns out to be a fan—and a well-known fan-forum moderator and fanfiction writer at that. The two begin a tentative f Socially inept high-school senior Eliza Mirk is a nobody at school. But online she is LadyConstellation, anonymous creator of the super-popular fantasy webcomic Monstrous Sea. Adorable, even-more-awkward new kid Wallace turns out to be a fan—and a well-known fan-forum moderator and fanfiction writer at that. The two begin a tentative friendship through handwritten notes at school and chats and text messages at home (Wallace doesn’t talk much), and soon they’re more than friends. Eliza agonizes over how to confess that she’s not just a fellow Monstrous Sea fan but the comic’s creator; this secret and a few of Wallace’s own threaten their sweet and hard-won romance. Everything comes to a head just before graduation, when LadyConstellation’s true identity is leaked. To what extent has Eliza been complicit in her own isolation, and how can she reconcile her now very public persona with her introvert’s need for privacy? Interspersed with Eliza’s relatable and often funny first-person narrative are chat logs, text messages, Eliza’s lovely art, and snippets of Wallace’s prose, reflecting the teens’ multi-platform means of communication. Like Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, this is a love letter to online fandom and to the profound sense of belonging found in others who share your particular passion, whether as creators or fans, in person or on the web. katie bircher

Book Details

ISBN

9780062290137

First Release

September 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

352

Accelerated Reader

Level 5; Points: 12;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.6; Points: 16;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Greenwillow

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Suicide

Topics

Anxiety disorders, Depression, Webcomics, Fandom, Friendship, Romance, Internet culture,

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